Spanish terminal company Exolum has appointed Rosa García as its new chairwoman, replacing José Luis López de Silanes, who is retiring and will now become honorary chairman.
García is the first woman to hold the chair in almost 100 years of the company’s history. She has more than 30 years of experience in industries such as energy, infrastructures and IT, including as director of corporate strategic projects at Microsoft in the US, and as president of Microsoft Iberia for eight years. García was chairwoman of Siemens from 2011-2018 and has over a decade of experience in non-executive management positions in IBEX-listed companies such as Banesto, Acerinox and Bankinter. She is currently also a board member at Mapfre, EDPR and Sener.
García says that she will focus her management efforts on strengthening the Exolum’s institutional presence. She thanks López de Silanes for his service and adds that she is “proud to receive the baton from someone who has devoted his career to building such a company as today’s Exolum.”
López de Silanes joined the company, then called CAMPSA, in 1971. He will retire when he turns 75. In his 16 years as chairman, he oversaw the company’s various modernisation and internationalisation plans and changes in the shareholding structure. He then led CLH’s transformation into today’s Exolum.